SALISURY, N.C. – The West Virginia Wesleyan women's lacrosse team opened their 2017 season on the road Saturday night in a non-conference contest with the Catawba College Indians.
Wesleyan dropped a 17-9 contest to Catawba, who was playing their third game of the season.
The Lady Bobcats dug themselves an early 4-0 hole that they were never able to climb out of.
Hannah Antonelli put Wesleylan on the scoreboard with 14:46 remaining in the first half when she scored from a free position shot.
Just 31 seconds later, Natalie Schaffner scored an unassisted goal to make it a 4-2 contest.
It would stay that way until the 5:53 mark when Catawba scored two goals in 90 seconds to take a 6-2 advantage.
Antonelli tallied her second goal with an assist going to Schaffner at the 3:58 mark to close the gap to 6-3, but the Indians scored the final two goals of the half to take an 8-3 lead.
Schaffner and Antonelli each scored unassisted goals to get the second half started and bring Wesleyan to within three, at 8-5.
Catawba scored six of the next seven goals tallied over the next 16 minutes to open up a 14-6 advantage.
The lone Wesleyan goal during that run belonged to Kim Lubic who scored at the 16:31 mark.
The Lady Bobcats made a late run scoring three straight goals.
Schaffner scored a pair and Antonelli found the back of the net again to bring Wesleyan to within five, at 14-9, with 5:22 left.
Catawba pulled away from Wesleyan with the games' three final scores.
Antonelli and Schaffner each scored four goals in the game while Lubic had one.
Catawba had a 37-21 advantage in shots-on-goal
Wesleyan keeper Alexus Bonner made 20 saves.
The Lady Bobcats held a 14-13 lead in draw controls.
Catawba improved to 2-1 on the season.
Wesleyan, now 0-1 overall, will return to action next Saturday as they play Keiser in Palm Springs, Fla.
The contest will start at 3 p.m.